Study: Racial Differences in Illinois Traffic Stops

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A new study shows a driver’s race continues to play a role in the outcome of traffic stops in Illinois.

Minority drivers are more likely to get tickets after being pulled over than white drivers are. They’re also more likely to have their vehicles searched, although police more often find illegal material in cars driven by white people.

The findings are from a review of virtually all Illinois traffic stops in 2010. The study was conducted for the state Transportation Department.

The American Civil Liberties Union said Wednesday that the new figures support its claim that minorities are treated unfairly by the Illinois State Police when it comes to searching vehicles. The state police have denied any misconduct.

The overall number of traffics stops fell by 4 percent last year.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press

Comments

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More From CBS St. Louis

Live Inspired
KMOX Podcasts

Listen Live